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Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows Vista All in One

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Vista is the brave new world of Microsoft Windows computing, and with it, what once was old, is new again. In just a short time, Sams Teach Yourself Windows Vista All in One will have you up and running with this new, must-have Windows operating system.

Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds upon a real-world foundation forged in both technology and everyday user scenarios, allowing you to learn the essentials of Windows Vista from the ground up. If you’re a pro or a newcomer to Windows, you have in your hands the book you need to make the most of Vista with the least effort possible.

Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common questions, issues, and tasks, and you’ll learn the extra under-the-hood features that enable you to leverage Windows even more.

Learn how to…

•        Do more with Windows Vista in less time

•        Quickly start using Vista’s new user interface like a pro

•        Leverage the power of Vista’s new Aero graphics

•        Keep often-used tools and utilities handy by adding Gadgets to your new Windows Sidebar

•        Manage your digital picture library with Windows Photo Gallery

•        Utilize Vista’s Explorer windows to quickly get to data you need

•        Master Vista’s new Instant Search feature, so your files no longer get lost in the shuffle

•        Use the new Windows Media Player 11 to manage both your music and video collections

•        Automate routine Windows tasks so your computer works while you sleep

•        Improve security with Vista’s state-of-the-art Windows Defender

•        Easily optimize your disk’s files and folders and configure your home network

•        Protect your valuable data with Vista’s Backup and Restore Center

•        Surf the ’Net with tabbed browsing, manage RSS feeds, and more, using the new Internet Explorer 7

Greg Perry has been a leader in computer education for 20 years, having taught at the college level and written enough books and articles to be called “the most proficient computer author on earth.” In addition to writing about computers, he speaks, consults, and writes about other topics including real estate and the government. He and his wife Jayne offer unique training and insights for new and advanced eBay users as well as run an eBay consignment and training business, BidMentor.com, out of their rural, countryside home.

 

Part I: Introducing Windows Vista

Chapter 1             Welcome to Windows Vista7

Chapter 2   Exploring the Welcome Center 27

Part II: Getting Started with Windows Vista

Chapter 3       Clicking Your Start Button 45

Chapter 4   Starting and Stopping Windows 61

Chapter 5   Managing Your Programs 75

Chapter 6   Taking the Taskbar to Task 85

Chapter 7   Changing Windows Vista’s Look 101

Chapter 8   Mastering Vista’s Explorer Windows 123

Part III: Working with Windows Vista

Chapter 9         Working with the Sidebar and Gadgets 155

Chapter 10  Exploring the Windows Vista Accessories 167

Chapter 11  Taking Time Out with Windows Vista Games 187

Chapter 12  Calling for Help 207

Chapter 13  Finding Information All Over Windows 223

Part IV: Making Things Happen with Windows Vista

Chapter 14     Going Multimedia with Vista 237

Chapter 15  Managing Your Entertainment Experience with Media Player 263

Chapter 16  Going Digital with Your Camera or Scanner 287

Chapter 17  Modifying and Sharing Photos 297

Chapter 18  Recording Simple Audio 319

Chapter 19  Making Movies with Windows Movie Maker 329

Chapter 20  Dating with Windows Calendar 353

Part V: Automating Vista

Chapter 21     Scheduling Tasks to Run Later 375

Chapter 22  Making Windows More Accessible 391

Chapter 23  Speaking to Your Computer 407

Chapter 24  Controlling Windows Vista 417

Chapter 25  Setting Up Windows Program Defaults 439

Chapter 26  Separating Users Gives Each the Access They Need 453

Chapter 27  Managing Your Windows Security 467

Chapter 28  Adding and Removing Programs 491

Part VI: Interfacing Windows and Hardware

Chapter 29     Printing with Windows Vista 505

Chapter 30  Faxing and Scanning 519

Chapter 31  Restoring Your Windows System to a Previous State 531

Chapter 32  Improving Disk Performance and Storage 541

Chapter 33  Configuring Windows Vista 551

Chapter 34  Saving Power with Windows Vista 575

Chapter 35  Protecting Your Data and Programs 587

Part VII: Running Windows Vista in a Connected World

Chapter 36     Combining Vista, Networks, and the Internet 611

Chapter 37  Exploring the Internet with Vista and Internet Explorer 627

Chapter 38  Staying in Touch with RSS and Instant Messaging 655

Chapter 39  Synchronizing Your Computer with Other Devices 675

Chapter 40  Mailing with Windows Mail 691

Chapter 41  Accessing a World of Information in Newsgroups 713

Part VIII: Making Vista Work Better for You

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Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. We Want to Hear from You!
  8. Introduction
  9. Part I: Introducing Windows Vista
    1. Chapter 1. Welcome to Windows Vista
    2. Chapter 2. Exploring the Welcome Center
  10. Part II: Getting Started with Windows Vista
    1. Chapter 3. Clicking Your Start Button
    2. Chapter 4. Starting and Stopping Windows
    3. Chapter 5. Managing Your Programs
    4. Chapter 6. Taking the Taskbar to Task
    5. Chapter 7. Changing Windows Vista's Look
    6. Chapter 8. Mastering Vista's Explorer Windows
  11. Part III: Working with Windows Vista
    1. Chapter 9. Working with the Sidebar and Gadgets
    2. Chapter 10. Exploring the Windows Vista Accessories
    3. Chapter 11. Taking Time Out with Windows Vista Games
    4. Chapter 12. Calling for Help
    5. Chapter 13. Finding Information All Over Windows
  12. Part IV: Making Things Happen with Windows Vista
    1. Chapter 14. Going Multimedia with Vista
    2. Chapter 15. Managing Your Entertainment Experience with Media Player
    3. Chapter 16. Going Digital with Your Camera or Scanner
    4. Chapter 17. Modifying and Sharing Photos
    5. Chapter 18. Recording Simple Audio
    6. Chapter 19. Making Movies with Windows Movie Maker
    7. Chapter 20. Dating with Windows Calendar
  13. Part V: Automating Vista
    1. Chapter 21. Scheduling Tasks to Run Later
    2. Chapter 22. Making Windows More Accessible
    3. Chapter 23. Speaking to Your Computer
    4. Chapter 24. Controlling Windows Vista
    5. Chapter 25. Setting Up Windows Program Defaults
    6. Chapter 26. Separating Users Gives Each the Access They Need
    7. Chapter 27. Managing Your Windows Security
    8. Chapter 28. Adding and Removing Programs
  14. Part VI: Interfacing Windows and Hardware
    1. Chapter 29. Printing with Windows Vista
    2. Chapter 30. Faxing and Scanning
    3. Chapter 31. Restoring Your Windows System to a Previous State
    4. Chapter 32. Improving Disk Performance and Storage
    5. Chapter 33. Configuring Windows Vista
    6. Chapter 34. Saving Power with Windows Vista
    7. Chapter 35. Protecting Your Data and Programs
  15. Part VII: Running Windows Vista in a Connected World
    1. Chapter 36. Combining Vista, Networks, and the Internet
    2. Chapter 37. Exploring the Internet with Vista and Internet Explorer
    3. Chapter 38. Staying in Touch with RSS and Instant Messaging
    4. Chapter 39. Synchronizing Your Computer with Other Devices
    5. Chapter 40. Mailing with Windows Mail
    6. Chapter 41. Accessing a World of Information in Newsgroups
  16. Part VIII: Making Vista Work Better for You
    1. Chapter 42. Vista's Ten Best Tips That Save You Time and Grief
    2. Chapter 43. Ten Terrific Online Tips to Help and Traps to Avoid
    3. Chapter 44. Your Windows Vista Future
  17. Part IX: Appendix
    1. Appendix A. Common Vista Keyboard Shortcuts
  18. Index